Pastoral Support and Advice
Here at St. Matthew's we strive to support parents. Sharon Scholes our Inclusion and Pastoral Support can be contacted by calling the school office on 01752 395969 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org where she will be happy to meet over a cup of tea or coffee and chat through any concerns you may have regarding your child.
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Online Safety and Wellbeing
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
Ensuring children are getting breaks from the screen and are able to interact with others as far as possible is vital.
Brainscape, an online education specialist, also has suggested some top tips for this period of remote working.
While your children will be spending an increased amount of time online it is a good time for a reminder of some online safety tips to ensure they stay safe online.
Childline remains an authority on child safety and its website outlines risks and gives tips to stay safe online, as well as a list of ten ‘tips to cope during lockdown’ which we may be faced with again in the future.
The NSPCC has very good resources to advise and support parents and carers at the current time.
National Online Safety has many resources, designed to give parents and pupils the knowledge they need to understand online dangers.
Think U Know, from the National Crime Agency, has new home activity packs to help children.
SWGfL has good cyber security advice for all online users, to help beat email, website and online shopping scams.
During any period of remote schooling, please be assured the School will continue to follow its online safety policy. Pupils will also need to be mindful to follow the rules of the ICT Acceptable Use Policy.
Emotional Well-Being support information
The Book of Hopes– words and picture to comfort, inspire and entertain. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
NSPCC – Whether you’re working from home with your kids for the first time or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, we’ve got tips and advice for you.
MindEd – a resource which includes advice for parents on children and young people’s mental health.
“My Hero is You” is a lovely storybook for Children on COVID-19 and is available in a number of languages.
British Psychological Society (BPS) – advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
Families Under Pressure | Maudsley Charity – during this stressful and cooped-up time, don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tricks and tips, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.
View from the Window– Channel4 film showing how children are experiencing the coronavirus crisis.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people from early years foundation stage to key stage 2.
Help with bereavement and loss during the Covid-19 pandemic – some helpful advice and useful contact numbers
COVIDBOOK – a short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
Coronavirus – helpful book for children on Coronavirus written with the advice of Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
Top Tips and Positive Messages from young people.
Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga, meditation and relaxation for children (and adults!).
Mind Yeti – free guided mindfulness sessions and videos.
stay-home-superheroes – therapeutic story for anxious children.
Child friendly explanations of what coronaviruses are – including a social story.
Mental Health Wellbeing -from iHASCO. It lists various different sources of information and recommends a number of ‘apps’ parents may find useful
The Coronavirus series from CBBC Newsround explains what is happening in a child-friendly way
Top ten tips for ‘Talking to your child about scary world news’ – from the Mental Health Foundation are also excellent
Understanding the science may help too: Public Health England has lesson packs for primaries and secondaries
Growth Mindset Programme – the Emotional Health Service have developed a 10 week programme around growth mindset and resilience for parents and young people. Each pack is designed to be compatible to view on a computer, tablet or phone and there are worksheets to print if you would like to. However, you can also use it for inspiration and create your own activities.